Yoga Exercises for the Kidneys

Certain yoga exercises are great for relieving pain in and around the kidneys. Learn about yoga exercises for the kidneys with help from a certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Yoga Techniques

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Kino MacGregor. We're here at Miami Life Center. Today, we're going to be taking a look at yoga exercises for the kidneys. The kidney meridian, known as anode in the Indian system, starts at the bottom of the foot at a point called the bubbling well, traveling up the inner thigh through the pelvis and into the organ itself. Any postures that cleanse the kidney meridian are also going to stretch and strengthen the inner thigh. Patrick is going to be my model today and we're going to be looking at a posture called Uppa Vista Konasana that comes in the second portion of the Ashtanga Yoga primary series. Starting off in Don Dasana position, inhale as you open the feet as wide apart as your shoulder girdle will permit, then holding the outside of the foot, grip it as firmly as you can. Many people make the mistake of taking the feet very wide apart and it's their widest straddle but for this posture to have its healing effect it needs only to be as wide apart as your shoulder girdle will permit so make sure you clasp on the outside of the foot as firmly as you can. Then, inhaling, elongate the spine forward and exhale, reach your chest as close to the ground as you can. Now we might not be as flexible as Patrick is in the beginning. Be careful if that's the case not to pull hard with the arms, instead let gravity do the work, drop the head of the thigh bone back and down to ground the pelvis. This will help deepen the stretch along the inner thigh. Keep your quadriceps strongly engaged as you do and again be careful not to pull with the arms. You might run the risk of injuring the very portion of the body that you seek to stretch. Use the breath to lengthen into the joints creating spaciousness throughout the body. Keep energy reaching out through the soles of the feet and then you'll be fully charging that energy channel that is the kidney meridian or anode healing the deep centers within the body. The basis of this posture is using gravity to help drop the center of the chest towards the ground and then using the strength of the legs to reach out from the pelvis creating openness deep within the hips and healing all throughout the body. If you're not able to place your chin on the ground, remember it's possible to place the top of the head on the ground as well. I'm Kino MacGregor, and this has been yoga exercises for the kidneys.

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